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Electrical Accident Burns Faith Technologies Worker in WI

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

GRAND CHUTE,WI – A 20-year-old man is hospitalized with burns after cutting a power line at a job site in Grand Chute Thursday morning.

The man employed by Faith Technologies was working a Bergstrom car dealership on N. Victory Lane when the accident occurred around 7:30 a.m.

Emergency crews transported the man to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. He is currently listed in stable condition.

Officials with Faith Technologies say out of privacy and respect for the individual, his name isn’t being released at this time.

Firefighters checked the building for a possible fire and determined there wasn’t one. The scene was then handed over representative from Faith Technologies, WE Energies and OSHA to complete their investigation

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Arc Flash Accident Leaves 4 Dubai Men Injured

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Dubai: Doctors treating the four victims in the accident that took place at Dubai International Airport’s concourse 3, said that two of them, who suffered 90 per cent burns, remain critical. One of the other workers is out of danger and the fourth is stable.

The workers were conducting a routine test of some electrical equipment when tragedy struck.

Abdul Samad Fajr Allah, 26, an electrical engineer from India, and Dev Bahadur, 33, a technician from Nepal, are battling for life.

Habib Rahman, a substation supervisor, is out of danger while Ramesh Natrajan is still not out of danger, but is stable.

Gulf News visited Rahman in hospital and found that the dressing had been removed from his face, but he is unable to speak.

A member of the specialist doctors team that is handling the case said though the two critical victims have overcome the crucial 72 hours, chances of their survival are marginal.

Only in four to five instances out of 100 such cases, victims survive and in my career spanning 12 years, I have not seen any of them survive beyond a few months. It will be miraculous if they do,” a member of the team told Gulf News on condition of anonymity.

However, he added that the condition of their hearts are stable and the organs are trying to support the body. “But the wounds are too deep, with most of the skin burnt and tissues and nerves are also mostly damaged. Even if both of them survive, restoring the damaged parts of the body would be a humungous task,” he added.

According to another source, none of the victims received an electric shock. The doctor confirmed this: “Their heart condition suggests that they were not hit by electric current. If that happens, the first thing to be affected is the heart, which is stable in this case. The severity of wounds suggests that they were hit by an extreme temperature flare.”  According to industry experts, the flare that hit the victims is most certainly the ‘Arc Flash’, which exceeds temperature of 300 degree Celsius.

Industry experts suggest that Fajr Allah, the electrical engineer, was too young and inexperienced to handle the critical testing process.

“The testing of Ring Main Unit (RMU), which exploded, is generally done by the project manager with the experience of at least 10-12 years behind him. Considering his age, this person looks to be fairly new and most probably he was not adept at handling the task but might have accepted it under pressure from his seniors,” Mohammad Mousa, an electrical engineer with work experience of more than 15 years, said.

According to sources at ETA Ascon, Fajr Allah was only a junior engineer at ETA’s power control and switchgear division.

When contacted, an official from ETA said that the case is under investigation by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and that the company is trying to provide whatever help they can to the victims.

Story via GulfNews.com

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Company Fined $100K after Electrocution

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Toronto, Canada – Toronto area plumbing firm fined $100,000 after construction worker killed

The Ontario Ministry of Labour announced last week that New Water Plumbing Inc. north of Toronto was fined $100,000 by an Ontario justice of the peace in connection with the electrocution of a worker in 2009.

The firm pleaded guilty to violating Ontario Regulation 851, Section 45 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

On December 23, 2009, two workers from New Water Plumbing were in the mechanical room of a condo tower in Toronto. They had taken a large exhaust fan out of its housing. As the workers were moving the fan, a light fixture they had swung out of the way swung back and hit the fan. Part of the light fixture was damaged, allowing its electrical charge to contact the fan. The worker who was holding the fan at the time was electrocuted and died.

New Water Plumbing, which is based in the Thornhill neighbourhood in the town of Markham, was fined for failing to ensure that the fan was lifted, carried or moved in a way that would not endanger a worker.

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Overhead Electrical Lines Fall Causing Injury

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Passengers on a SEPTA trackless trolley suffered a brief scare when overhead electrical lines fell onto the vehicle Monday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, officials said.

Four blocks of overhead wires were knocked down, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.

About 3:10 p.m. the Route 66 trackless trolley was on Frankford Avenue at Harbison Avenue when a truck crossing the intersection knocked down the wires powering the SEPTA vehicle, said passenger Walter Hansley, 54.

The driver yelled “Don’t move! Don’t move! Don’t touch nothing metal!” Hansley recalled.

About a half-dozen passengers stayed on the trolley for about five minutes, He said. When the passengers complained about being trapped on the trolley, the driver let them out, but advised then “to jump off” so as not to touch anything, Hansley said.

Busch said that overhead wires also came down on other vehicles on Frankford Avenue. One minor injury was reported, he said.

Accidents such as this are monitored by SEPTA’s control center and the section of wire is quickly turned off, Busch said.

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Helicopter Accident Linked to Flashover from High Voltage Lines

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Hong Kong (HKSAR) – In accordance with the Hong Kong Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations (Cap. 448 sub. leg.B), an inspector’s investigation is in progress to determine the circumstances and causes of the accident involving an Aerospatiale SA 315B LAMA helicopter (registration mark B-HJV) operated by Heliservices (Hong Kong) Limited in Kau Lung Hang Lo Wai, Fanling, on January 3, 2011.

The investigation team today (March 9) released Accident Bulletin 2/2012 as an update to Accident Bulletin 3/2011 issued on February 1, 2011.

A spokesman from the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said that the objective of the investigation is to determine the circumstances and causes of the accident with a view to preventing accidents and preserving life in the future. The updated bulletin contains information relating to the accident as determined up to the time of issue and must be regarded as tentative.

“The latest findings indicated that at the time of the accident, the helicopter longline might have come close enough to the nearby overhead high-voltage electricity line conductor to trigger a fault current to flow from the line conductor to an earthed object, causing a flashover,” he said.

“A series of high-voltage electrical experiments were conducted in a suitably equipped laboratory to evaluate the possible scenarios. Results have revealed that if the accident longline, which was shrouded by a protective nylon fabric jacket, had moved to a distance closer than approximately 20 centimetres to the overhead line conductor and an earthed object, the air insulation gap between them could break down and a flashover could occur.”

The spokesman added, “The investigation team has issued one recommendation to Heliservices (Hong Kong) Limited at the current stage, which is to suspend the use of any underslung cable assemblies on Aerospatiale SA 315B LAMA helicopters, which consist of electrical conducting material, in the vicinity of overhead high-voltage electricity lines until completion of the investigation.

The investigation team will continue to study all other relevant evidence and information, including but not limited to the operational and management aspects of the helicopter underslung operation, in order to determine the circumstances of the accident.”

The full Accident Bulletin 2/2012 is attached in the Annex. It is also available for download at the CAD webpage (www.cad.gov.hk/english/reports.html).

Electrical Accident Kills 4 in Virginia

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Fort A.P. Hill, VA – Four volunteer Boy Scout leaders from Alaska were accidentally electrocuted yesterday afternoon as they set up camp on the first day of the  scouts’ national jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., the organization said.

The four victims, all adult men, were killed between 4:30 and 5 p.m. at their camp at the military base, Gregg Shields, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts said.

Two other scout leaders and a contract worker were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Mr. Shields said. Their conditions were not released by the authorities last night.

Neither Mr. Shields nor Brian Wolfe, a spokesman for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, the electric company that provides powers for the base, offered any details of how the accident happened.

Bill Haines, the executive of the Western Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts, which covers about 80 percent of the state’s scouts, said  the men had been among eight leaders selected from a field of 20 to accompany about 80 scouts from Troop 711, in the Anchorage area.

“These are just the cream of the crop,” Mr. Haines said from his home in Eagle River, Alaska. “These people sacrifice time and energy because they care about kids. You couldn’t ask for a better group of people. It’s just a tragic loss.”

Two of the men had accompanied their sons on the trip, Mr. Haines said. One man who died had two sons at the jamboree, a quadrennial event. The other two men were lifetime scouters, he said, whose sons had been in the organization when they were younger.

Mr. Haines said that none of the names of the dead would be released until all the families were notified.

“The son of one man works here in town and I had to tell his son because his mother’s out of town,” Mr. Haines said. “That was very difficult. Any time you lose a father it’s very tough, and with scouting your family tends to be tighter to the father because you do a lot with him.”

The scouts arrived yesterday at Fort A.P. Hill, an active military base where temperatures reached about 100 degrees for the jamboree, a week of outdoor recreation including scuba diving, archery and all-terrain biking. Busloads of scouts and troop leaders scampered around from morning to evening yesterday, receiving their camp assignments, pitching tents and setting up eating areas.

The accident caused a power loss that left some areas of the camp without electricity for  30 minutes.

As counselors were brought in to speak with the campers, a spokeswoman for the Scouts, Renee Fairer, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

After news of the accident broke, families called the jamboree in a panic to make sure their children were unharmed, Ms. Fairer said. She said she was not aware of any parents’ withdrawing their sons from the jamboree.    President Bush was scheduled to address the scouts there tomorrow evening, Mr. Shields said.

Mr. Haines, who knew all four of the electrocuted men, said that as of last night, there were no plans to bring the Alaskan scouts home. The troop  was moved to another part of the base. The three sons of the dead men would return to Alaska, he said.

The troop left Anchorage last week and began a tour of the Washington area before going to Fort A.P. Hill, which lies about 90 minutes south of the capitol.

“It’s a good opportunity for the kids to get down to the lower 48,” Mr. Haines said.

To raise money to cover the $2,500 cost of the trip, the scouts sold popcorn, held car washes and did extra chores at their homes. The leaders each paid $1,250 out of their own pockets, Mr. Haines said.

One of the men killed had recently moved from Alaska to Ohio, and decided only last week, on a visit to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the Western Alaska Council, to attend the jamboree when space opened up.

“He had been in scouting for 25 years,” Mr. Haines said. “This was his first jamboree.”

Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia issued a statement  saying the accident would be investigated thoroughly.

In Alaska, over the sound of his doorbell chiming as he fielded calls about the accident, Mr. Haines said the jamboree would not be the same for his troops for some years.

“Everybody knows them,” he said of the dead men. “It’s going to be a huge loss for this council. They were some of the best leaders that we had.”

Story via NYtimes.com

Contract Worker Electrocuted in AR

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

PINE BLUFF, AR – An electrical accident left a man dead at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas around  3 pm Monday afternoon, according to officials.

The arsenal’s public affairs office said in a statement that a contract employee was accidentally electrocuted, resulting in his death.

Authorities are still investigating the electrical accident.

Story via todaysthv.com